Join us for refreshments and learn more about programs we offer! All are welcome to our OPEN HOUSE to celebrate 50-Years!
Thursday, December 5th, 2019 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Community Living, formerly Spring Acres Group Homes, is a private non-profit agency that was started in 1969 by a handful of Yakima area parents. These parents wanted a local alternative from having to place their developmentally disabled children outside of Yakima into large state operated institutions. Their efforts resulted in the opening of the state’s first group home which was located in Naches, Washington, and was home to six young women.
In 1979, the Board of Directors voted to sell all but one of its existing traditional group homes and implemented the state’s first pilot program that served people with developmental disabilities in their own homes located throughout the city of Yakima. Community Living was asked by King County’s Division of Human Services to replicate its residential support program and programs have since opened in the cities of Bellevue (April 1981), Kent (July 1990), Sunnyside (September 1990), Clarkston (November 2014) and Grandview (April 2018). Community Living has since received national and international recognition for this program model.
Community Living prides itself on individualized teaching and training in all aspects of daily living, while supporting individuals with a wide range of support needs. Community Living hires dedicated and qualified Direct Support Staff that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in their own homes within their own communities, with services that range from a few hours per week to twenty-four hours per day. Direct support staff provide support with personal care, medical and mental health needs, community integration, transportation, management of finances, and maintaining individuals’ homes.
Community Living’s mission is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to live in the community through the consistent provision of instruction and support services based upon individual wants, needs and desires. Instruction and support services are provided in a manner that recognizes that individuals are people first, with unique abilities and personalities.
Through teamwork, developing skills and abilities to enhance individuals’ Health and Safety, Power and Choice, Status and Contribution, Relationships, Inclusion Opportunities, and Competence.